Tribute to Richard Schmid

I recently read my California Art Club Newsletter containing a tribute to Richard Schmid, who passed on earlier this year. He was a great artist who mentored many of today’s traditional painters. I watched him paint a portrait from life at one of the Plein Air conventions years ago. It … Read More

Scaling up your Painting

[Revised Jan, 2021] It is sometimes difficult to paint large paintings plein air. After all, when we set up our easels in the out of doors, factors like uneven ground, heaviness of large canvases and wind make the large painting effort problematic. Especially wind, which can come up at any … Read More

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Clean those Paint Tubes!

Recently I have been cleaning out my paint tube drawer where I keep tubes of oil paint ready to be put out on my palette. I have several tubes that will no longer accept their caps, so the paint dries out! Here’s a tip: I have used the tip of … Read More

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A Bit About Canvases

In this post, I want to share some words about the types of canvases available for paintings, as well as about framing. I’ll try to answer of few of the questions that seem of interest to my studio visitors. People have been creating art by painting for thousands of years. … Read More

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Saturday Ateliers

My Summer Ateliers (gatherings of artists to work together) are open to all former students and all members of the Santa Cruz Oil Painters.  Anyone who has taken a class, workshop, or private lesson from me is welcome.   These sessions are not a class situation, but rather an opportunity … Read More

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Framing from the Heart

Presentation is a term by which we mean primarily framing, plus where the painting is hung, and what surrounds it. Presentation provides the opportunity to enhance your paintings. Frames can quietly blend your painting in with other art works and furnishings within a room, or they can work to pop … Read More

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Rainy Day Paintings

Winter has clearly arrived here on California’s central coast. The rain is so good for all of the land; already we see the green beginning to arrive. Soquel Creek, flowing beneath my house and art studio, has become Soquel River! During these cool, wet days, I love to hole up … Read More

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